Because we know that healthy lifestyles are achieved through nurturing mind, body and spirit, well-being and fitness at the Y is so much more than just working out.

At the YMCA, children and adults are taught to value their health and honor their bodies. Every day, we impact the lives of our members and participants by helping them achieve their health and wellness goals through a variety of programs. They benefit from our pools, gyms, wellness centers, group exercise classes, nutritional seminars, personal training sessions and the expertise of our professional wellness staff.

Healthy lifestyles are achieved through nurturing spirit, mind, and body. Well-being and fitness at the Y is so much more than just working out. Beyond fitness facilities, we provide educational programs to promote healthier decisions, and offer a variety of programs that support physical, intellectual and spiritual strength.

Whether you are just getting started or trying to renew your commitment to a healthier lifestyle, the YMCA is the perfect place to get you the help you need. We offer individualized training, nutrition coaching, group accountability, and group training.

One of the best ways for YMCA members to find the tools, resources, and advice you need to achieve your health and fitness goals is to schedule an appointment with a member of our wellness team. Each member has an opportunity to meet one on one with a Wellness Staff to help them reach there fitness goals. At any stage we can help someone reach to their next goal. We strive to build a safe place for members to build friendships, confidence by trying new things and seeing their spirit, mind, and body transform.

For more information about our signature YMCA Wellness programs, contact Lynne Zusi, Healthy Living Director.

Our Signature Health and Wellness Programs

These evidence-based programs include:

Enhance®Fitness

Enhance Fitness is a proven community-based senior fitness and arthritis management program. It helps older adults become more active, energized, and empowered for independent living. Enhance Fitness has been nationally recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Health and Human Services, US Department of Aging and the Nation Council on Aging.

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LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a small-group program that helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis. Through this program YMCAs are creating communities among cancer survivors and guiding them through safe physical activity, helping them build supportive relationships, and reducing stress – leading to an improved quality of life.

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YMCA Diabetes Prevention

We are proud to join more than 200 Ys across the country to help thousands of people reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes with the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Health, we currently offer this program at little to no charge to qualified participants.  This small-group program helps people with prediabetes eat healthier, increase their physical activity, and lose weight, which can delay or even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. Diabetes affects more than 29 million people. A condition called prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. More than 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes. Diabetes has no cure, but prediabetes can be reversed.

Chances are you know at least one person with diabetes and probably more than one with prediabetes. Take a self-assessment.

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We also offer a wide variety of wellness programming, designed to meet the needs of our members from youth to seniors, including:

This free 30-minute session will help you get the most out of your YMCA membership! Meet one-on-one with a Certified Personal Trainer to review your fitness goals and learn more about the YMCA classes, programs and services that can help you achieve them.

Free to members, by appointment only

A general orientation to our Cybex strength equipment and cardio machines is offered to new YMCA members. Led by one of our trained Wellness staff, this session typically takes 45 minutes to an hour.

Youth members age 12 and older are also entitled to work out in the Wellness Center. A parent must accompany 12-14 year olds on their orientation to the equipment. After the orientation, 12-14 year olds may use the Wellness Center without a parent present. Youth members are required to wear a color-coded bracelet when working out in the Wellness Center to indicate that they have learned how to use the equipment properly. Bracelets may be obtained at the Welcome Center upon check-in.

Adult and youth orientations free to members, by appointment only

From low-impact exercise, stretching and strength training to indoor cycling, Zumba, water exercise, and yoga, the Y offers group exercise classes to suit every age, interest and ability level. Come enjoy the benefits of a social fitness experience.

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Everyone can benefit from a personal trainer — the beginner who is unfamiliar with exercise equipment, the individual who needs extra motivation and structure, the experienced fitness enthusiast who is not getting their intended results or the elite athlete looking to gain a competitive edge! Our certified trainers will design a program tailored to your needs. Our trainers motivate you and monitor your progress to ensure that your fitness program is safe, progressive, and effective.

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This class incorporates exercises from an evidence-based program designed by the Boston University Center for Neurorehabilitation for people with Parkinson’s disease.  Research has shown that the prescribed exercises in this program help participants maintain day-to-day function and quality of life.  Parkinson’s is a degenerative disease that strips people of their physical and cognitive abilities.  These group sessions also provide a social opportunity and sharing of resources that contribute to emotional well-being.  Our instructors are personal trainers who have been trained in this specific program by Deb Ellis, MSPT, NCS of Synergy Rehabilitation Services.

We offer a wide range of programs to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle:

  • Nutrition Consultations
  • Nutrition Education
  • Weight Loss Fitness and Education Programs

Stop by the Welcome Center to learn more.